EasyGroup misses the mark

EasyGroup (established in 1995) uses a wide range of Easy names, such as EasyJet, EasyHotel and EasyCar. EASYJET was registered as a European trademark in 2015. When other companies try to register any names containing EASY, the company almost always takes immediate action.Since 2007 Easy Fly Express (from Bangladesh) has been offering air cargo services in Asia. The internet domain <easyfly-express.com> was registered in January 2014. The logo of the freight company is suspiciously similar to that of EasyJet (matching color, layout and font). Reason for EasyGroup to start an URDP procedure and demand transfer of the domain name.

The arbitrator rejects the claim. EasyGroup fails to convince that the domain name has been registered and is used in bad faith. EasyJet is not really known in Asia. The air-cargo company has been operating under the name Easy Fly Express since 2007. EasyJet’s trademark is of a later date. The company is active in other parts of the world and consumers are not being misled. The conflict is more of a trademark issue. It seems EasyGroup is barking up the wrong tree.

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